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Gathering Roll Cage Specs

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by BorregoK5, Sep 20, 2001.

  1. BorregoK5

    BorregoK5 1/2 ton status

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    What size and strength steel are those of you with roll cages using. Anyone know the total weight of the cage after completion. Pics are appreciated, its decision time again!

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  2. tRustyK5

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    Check these guys out, they make an 8 point and 10 point application specific for our Blazers (as well as many other cars) I'll probably go with their 10 point for my 74 Blazer when I get that far.

    <a target="_blank" href=http://www.swracecars.com/roll%20bars%26cages.html> Roll Cages</a>

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    btt [​IMG]

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    You want to use at least 1 3/4 tube that is DOM and at least .095 thick. Most full cages are between 125 and 175. Just depends on how far you want to go. The full cage in my Firebird was 110 pounds before I cut and trimmed everything to fit, so Id say its about 95 pounds.

    86 Jimmy 4"lift 35"MTRs Other cars 69Firebird w/525 hp,and 70GTO live in PHX,AZ<a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/modifierperformance>My vehicles</a>
     
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    DOM is overkill...most of us do not need to go that far. I would say it comes down to planned usage. Blastin through the desert at 100+ MPH, then I'd say DOM is the material of choice. Crawlin in the rocks...HREW is still overkill but much more affordable.

    Just my two cents...lord knows it been argued to death at least once![​IMG]

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    Most desert trucks have HREW cages - only the heavily backed Trophy Trucks and other "rich boy toys" bother with DOM.

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    DOM tubing is requied in NHRA after you hit a certain speed, thats why I used it.

    86 Jimmy 4"lift 35"MTRs Other cars 69Firebird w/525 hp,and 70GTO live in PHX,AZ<a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/modifierperformance>My vehicles</a>
     
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    That's understandable...

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    I like debate, it gets everyone thinking! After all that I was leaning toward the Hot Rolled Electric Welded tubing for cost and the infrequency of my 100+ mph desert runs (not that I'm saying it doesn't happen...) but DesertDueler, hate to do this to you, but after looking at your truck ( gratuatis link The 'BEFORE' pictures
     
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    I'm using HREW .109 wall 1.75 tubing and have about 120 ft into mine. Family style to the rear fenders and behind the dash. HREW .250 wall 1" tubing as corner braces. Don't know the weight.

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    Do you have any pictures??? I'm looking to construct a family style cage as well.

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    I know that you were asking Laketex for photos, but you can check out the pics of my Suburban cage (family-style, also) if you like. Even though it's a Burb, you might find some things that would translate well to your application.

    The pics are at the link, below, in the "Suburban Cage" album. (Sorry about stating the obvious. [​IMG])

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    In all honesty 502Burban, your the inspiration that started me on this kick! [​IMG]

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    Sorry, wasn't aware of that. Thanks for sayin' so, though. [​IMG]

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    About what does it cost to get a good cage installed in a K5? Just wondering. It's on my long list of things to do.
     
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    I didnt have anything in the Jimmy at the time. I was planning on what I was going to do, and was going to put one in a week later. Me and my dad put cages in drag cars all the time. My dads welds have always passed NHRA inspection. NHRA sonic tests all the welds to make sure they are strong so it doesnt come apart if you crash at 100+ mph. As for a full custom cage installed, the average on them are between 1,000 and 1,500 just depending on how crazy you want to go. If you buy a cage kit its between 800 and 1,000 to install. Spend the extra money and have someone do it that does them all the time. If anyone in AZ is interested in a cage, the one in my Jimmy will be done in about a month. You can check it out, and if you like it I can build a cage for you.

    86 Jimmy 4"lift 35"MTRs Other cars 69Firebird w/525 hp,and 70GTO live in PHX,AZ<a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/modifierperformance>My vehicles</a>
     
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    Someday down the road when I get out of college and I get some money I will probably take you up on that offer that way I know I'm getting a damn good cage. Safety is the most important thing to me, cause you can't wheel if your dead. Unless the good Lord has wheelin' in the sky, but I'm not to eager to get there and find out.
     
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    Cloud crawling! I am starting to get some ideas. Hopefully the gas prices won't be so high up there!!!!!!!

    Keep it simple!
     
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    Hossbaby let me know when you are back in town and I will show you my cage in the Jimmy and the Firebird.

    86Jimmy 4"&35"MTRs,87 burb 4"&35"MT,69Firebird w/525 hp,and 70GTO live in PHX,AZ<a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/modifierperformance>My vehicles</a>
     
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    Will do. I will be back for Christmas. That Firebird of yours looks awesome. I can't wait to see it, and how the progress is coming on the Jimmy after your little accident. Good luck with it, and if you need a hand while I'm around let me know. I am always looking for good automotive experience.
     

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